Editorial: Epigenetics as a Deep Intimate Dialogue between Host and Symbionts

  title={Editorial: Epigenetics as a Deep Intimate Dialogue between Host and Symbionts},
  author={Ilaria Negri and Eva Jablonka},
  journal={Frontiers in Genetics},
In ancient Greek, the term koiné refers to a common language, which spread in the Eastern Mediterranean region and the Near East following the conquests of Alexander the Great. In the 4th century BC, koiné quickly became a shared language that enabled people speaking different dialects to communicate with each other. Indeed, effective communication is always necessary for overcoming " barriers " between individuals and groups, tightening relationships, and enabling new ways of coping with a… 

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